Welcome to the Front of the House Fridays (FOTHF) podcast series on the ProSoundWeb Network, presented every Friday by Yamaha Pro Audio and hosted by veteran live and studio engineer Russ Long, who records his conversations with noted audio professionals literally in front of their homes (whenever possible) in following current social distancing guidelines.
In Episode 9, Russ Long is joined by live sound engineer Jon Schwarz, who has worked with a number of artists and events over the course of 22 years, including Acquire the Fire, Women of Faith, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Grant, Sonicflood, Mark Schultz, Point of Grace, Casting Crowns, The Wallflowers, The Dove Awards, National Catholic Youth Conference, Young Life Conference, and Church of God National Conference.
Jon’s worked with CTS in Nashville for the past 16 years and is currently relocating to Tucson, Arizona to continue pursuing his passions in live audio. He also loves spending his downtime with his wife and two children.
Host Russ Long is a top touring and multi-platinum recording and mix engineer who’s worked in professional audio for more than 30 years. Following a decade as Steven Curtis Chapman’s FOH engineer, he has spent over 12 years mixing FOH for Amy Grant, and has also mixed numerous high-profile events such as the KLOVE Music awards, the Challenge America Musical Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Barbara Bush’s 90th birthday concert featuring Reba McEntire, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant. In addition, he’s been part of the audio team for numerous broadcast events such as the Grammy Awards, the CMA Awards, ABC’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” TV Special, and more. Russ is currently part of Yamaha’s console R&D team.
NOTE: Two teams from the ProSoundWeb Network join forces to host “The FOH & Monitor Engineer Relationship” LIVE on Tuesday, August 11 starting at 8 pm U.S. EST. Front of the House Fridays host Russ Long and Signal To Noise co-host Chris Leonard will team up with FOH engineer Chris Taylor and monitor engineer Robert Bull to talk about mix strategies and how two sides of the same coin successfully come together.
The live event will be presented on ProSoundWeb’s Facebook and YouTube channels, offering listeners not only what’s sure to be an interesting and insightful conversation but also the opportunity to interact with the panel through questions and commentary live through either channel.